Jennifer Fuller

Associate Director for News & Public Affairs, Morning Edition Host

WSIU's award winning reporter bringing you the morning news, local political talk and market forecasts.

Jennifer Fuller joined the WSIU family at a very young age- as both a viewer and a listener! Growing up in Carterville, Jennifer enjoyed WSIU's PBS programming as a child and young adult, and then became even more involved when she attended SIUC and worked for both the radio and TV stations as a student.

Jennifer's love for news and public affairs led her to Springfield after college, where she earned her Master's Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield, and interned with the Illinois Radio Network. After that, she was an award-winning anchor and reporter for WTAX-AM in Springfield, covering education, medicine and political issues for the capitol city.

Following her time in Springfield, Jennifer returned home to southern Illinois, where she rejoined WSIU as a News Producer and Morning Anchor. She expanded and continued the Morning Conversation program, interviewing leaders in politics, education, medicine, arts and many other areas from all over the region and all over the world.

Jennifer is heavily involved in many organizations, including the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, where she currently serves as Past President. She also volunteers her time at her church and in other community groups and events.

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The Illinois Primary Election is March 20, and election authorities and voter advocates are working to get everyone ready. Some boundaries have changed, and voters need to be aware of a few changes in some cases. WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jackson County Clerk Larry Reinhardt and Jackson County League of Women Voters President Maggie Flanagan about the primary, and how they're gearing up.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the mornings news and weather.

A statewide children's advocacy group says Illinois continues to struggle when it comes to providing services and opportunities for young people.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with two founding members of the Carbondale Stage Company on it's 30th Anniversary Season.

The group "Voices for Illinois Children" is about to roll out its annual report, and leaders say some of the details are grim.

Voices for Illinois Children President Kathy Ryg, whose "Kids Count" report comes out Thursday, says too many Illinois kids are in need. Ryg says lawmakers must find some "political will," which, she says, comes from the people.

Among the report's findings: one in five Illinois children lives in poverty, and one in four lives in a one-parent household.   Local advocates will unveil The 2012 Illinois Kids Count report Thursday morning in Carbondale.

A two-year study will look for the reason the treatment of lung cancer is lagging in southern Illinois.

SEMO Audit

Feb 8, 2012

A State of Missouri audit has questioned credit card fees and employee recognition gifts at Southeast Missouri State University.

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich  says the review identified several small issues, but overall the university's performance is rated "good." The audit says the university spent $61,000 for three years on gifts for employees who reached a certain number of years of service. Also, the university does not charge a transaction fee for credit card payments, costing the school about $694,000 in credit card fees over three years.

Murphysboro Police continue their investigation of an early Wednesday morning shooting...

One man was sent to the hospital, and another taken to jail.  Murphysboro Police say they were called out to a shooting in the 400 block of Dewitte Street just before 2:00am, where they found a victim who'd been shot twice in the shoulder.

The Lifesavers Training Corp. is hosting its annual Murder Mystery Dinner later this month to raise funds for the program which provides peer support students in local high schools and colleges.  WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talked with Director Judy Ashby about the program.  More information is available on line at

So. IL Women's Teen Conference

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with Fran Becque the Executive Director of Women for Health and Wellness about the annual  Southern Illinois Women's Teen Conference.

Springfield, IL – Southern Illinois University's President says he's excited to hear about some of the initiatives in Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State address but wonders if the money will be there to fund them.

SIU President Glenn Poshard says the Governor's focus on education is a good thing for Illinois. He says he's especially happy with Pat Quinn's call for an increase in funding for the Monetary Award Program, which has struggled with high demand and not enough funding recently:

Carbondale, IL – The Saluki Men's Basketball team suffered its worst loss in school history over the weekend, and SIU's CEO says he and others are keeping a close eye on the program as the season moves on.

University President Glenn Poshard says while there is mounting frustration in the basketball program's struggle... it's important to not rush into any decisions regarding Head Coach Chris Lowery.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller interviews SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng about ongoing contract negotiations, as the faculty strike continues for a seventh day.

Later, Fuller also interviews SIUC FA Spokesman Dave Johnson about the outstanding issues in contract negotiations, as the faculty strike enters its seventh day.

University and union bargaining teams will head back to the table this morning, after failing to reach an agreement again yesterday.

In a joint statement from the Faculty Association and the SIUC Administration, leaders say a 12-hour round of negotiations yesterday failed to produce a tentative agreement.

Striking workers and their supporters have been on the picket lines since last Thursday, and students have held protests this week on campus.

SIUC's tenured and tenure-track faculty remain on strike. Faculty Association spokesperson Dave Johnson says there were no bargaining sessions called by the university on Thursday. He says the Faculty Association's team is ready to return to the table any time. Faculty lead negotiator Morteza Daneshdoost says it is up to the administration to make a counter proposal to the proposals the faculty association submitted on Wednesday.

Members of the SIUC Faculty Association remain on the picket lines this morning, though negotiations have resumed.

The union and administration say they've renewed their bargaining... with the addition of a federal mediator into the mix.

The two sides say they're still working to agree on several issues, including tenure, academic freedom and financial concerns.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller hosts Eye on The Market with financial expert David England. In this segment, unemployment, a look at indicators and earnings... plus housing trends and potential red flags.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller hosts Eye on The Market with financial expert David England. In this segment, a look at consumer confidence, earnings, and ways to better understand your money.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with Freedom Rider Genevieve Houghton about her experiences, and previews the upcoming screening of "Freedom Riders" in Carbondale.